November 2020

Staff Senate Town Hall on Spring 2021 Plans

The Mason Staff Senate will host a virtual town hall with university officials to discuss operational plans for the spring semester. This will be a valuable opportunity to share information, feedback, questions, or concerns.

Tuesday, Dec. 8
10 a.m. to 11 a.m

November 2020

November Edition of the Staff Senate Newsletter

The November edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available. Check it out!

November 2020

November General Meeting Recording: Mental Health and Resilience

A special thanks to Katie Clare, associate director for resilience programs, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, for a conversation on mental health and resilience at the Staff Senate meeting on Nov. 4.

If you missed the session, you can check out the recording and review the slides.

November 2020

Staff Senate December Meeting: Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force

The Staff Senate will host Shernita Rochelle Parker, assistant vice president for Human Resources/Payroll, and Wendi Manuel-Scott, professor of history in the School of Integrative Studies, to discuss updates from the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
General Meeting will follow from 11 a.m. to noon (agenda).

November 2020

October in Review

November 2020

Financial Wellness Resources from DHRM – Nov. 2020

From the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM):

During COVID-19, we invite you to view Virginia Credit Union’s (VACU) pre-recorded November webinar, titled Avoiding Identity Theft. View Now

Please check out this month’s flyer to obtain the details of the educational offerings. 

November 2020

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program 

Like to bike? Live within biking distance of the Mason location where you work? Thinking that maybe it’s time you changed up your commute to include a few days of biking per month? Consider the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice program and find joy in commuting to campus on two wheels! 

  • Three tiers of financial support tied to the number of rides per quarter 
  • Earn complimentary parking passes 
  • Ride more than 10 miles each way to work – earn a distance bonus!
  • Ride at Tier 2 or Tier 3 all year – receive funds for a complimentary bike check 
  • Can be used in conjunction with Commuter Choice

Conditions apply. The program, unlike Commuter Choice, is taxable per the IRS.  

Need assistance in mapping a route? We have volunteers who can assist you in finding a biking route that is comfortable for you. More details and regions covered can be found on the Community Biking Resources page.

Mason Shuttles Service and the Holidays

Because Mason is moving to a virtual class environment after Thanksgiving, there will be no Mason Shuttles service after Tuesday, November 24, until the spring semester begins on Monday, January 25. The CUE bus is available on its regular schedule for transportation to Metro and within the City of Fairfax. 

If you have any questions, reach out to Parking and Transportation.   

Zimride Indefinitely Suspending Service on December 31

As a result of the ever-changing environment, Zimride, Mason’s ride-sharing service, is indefinitely suspending its carpooling platform for all college and university networks, including Mason, on December 31.   

  • On December 31, the Mason Zimride network will be shut down and Mason user accounts will be deactivated. 
  • Until then, Zimride will operate as usual and you can post and search for rides. 
  • Zimride will retain your records only up until this time while your account is active and as needed to provide you services.

Zimride has an FAQ available. Parking and Transportation is researching other rideshare opportunities for the future. 

November 2020

Mason Honors Veterans

George Mason University celebrates and honors our Veterans. Veterans Day commemorates Veterans of all wars and is celebrated on November 11. Mason’s ROTC program usually honors our Veterans with a luncheon on the Friday of Veterans Day. Due to safety issues on campus with COVID-19, we are unable to celebrate and honor our Veterans in person.

This year, the ROTC Program, Office of Military Services, and our newly launched Military, Veterans, and Families Initiative are proud to offer a variety of free events, pre-recorded messages of appreciation, and discounts for our Mason Veterans. Learn more here about all Veterans Week local and national FREE events and discounts for our Veteran community. 

At Mason we aspire to serve our Veterans with as much dedication and devotion as they have provided to our county. We hope all our Veterans have a wonderful Veterans Day and know that Mason celebrates you daily, not just today. 

November 2020

Things to Know About Title IX



November 2020

Human Resources and Payroll Announcements – Nov. 2020

Reporting Accidents Reminder

We want to make sure the Mason community stays safe! Please remember to report all accidents, injuries, or conditions that may cause harm to an individual or the university. When dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions are reported, the university can take appropriate action to protect the community.

Please report the following situations to the university: 

  • Submit an Incident Report form when there is an unsafe condition, illness, or injury involving a student or visitor.   

Resources Regarding: 

  • Insurance, university property damage/theft, and automobile incidents: Contact Office of Risk Management at 703-993-2599 
  • Workers’ Compensation: Contact the Benefits Team at 703-993-2600 or   


Supervisor Boot Camp

Supervisor Boot Camp is a program designed to provide essential information, resources, and contacts to supervisors who are new to Mason or new to supervising.

The updated, virtual format includes four half-day sessions over eight weeks, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Thursday, October 22, through Thursday, December 3. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom.   

Participants must supervise at least one employee. Space is limited and registrations are first come, first served. Please contact Margaret Vu at to reserve your space.